Were There Really 800,000+ Bikers in D.C. on September 11th? This Woman Was There… | http://ow.ly/oPB7h
September 11th, 2013 is a day I will never forget. I was supremely inspired by the reports of 800,000+ bikers rolling through Washington D.C.
I wrote an article about it Wednesday morning and the piece took off like a rocket. Considering how small The D.C. Clothesline is, I find it miraculous that at least 200,000 people read that article in the first 24 hours. Over half of those readers came from Freedom Outpost where my articles are also featured on a regular basis. America was ready for some good news.
But on the 12th I went looking for verification, because as much as I was inspired, I still wanted to do a follow up piece to verify the miracle that America had just seen. My mistake was looking at too many mainstream media sites where the story was basically back page news. By the sounds of it, even though they weren’t stating hard numbers, there were less than 10,000 bikers in D.C.
I was devastated and thought I might have to print a retraction. Thank God I came to my senses and kept digging. Because even though I wanted to believe it, it is seriously a miracle of sorts that we could get 800,000 people together for anything. But it appears those numbers are very much accurate.
Allow me to step aside and turn it over to a reader of Atlas Shrugs, who was there and graciously shared her story on Thursday:
Atlas reader Denise Lee was there. Here are her observations.
“….. the place was absolutely packed and at least a mile long. I interviewed several of the bikers later in the day and one guy told me that as of 10:00am that morning there were 56,000 bikers riding. Another one said that there were 200,000 present at the Harley Davidson staging area. Park police confirmed the number at 880,000 bikers riding through the city yesterday. Information during the day was sketchy because the police created a state of confusion, no doubt at the command of some higher power. Many of the bikers I talked to expressed their frustration at not being able to get into the city to ride all together. One biker told me that the police would not let them leave the Harley shop unless they went on the Beltway. For those not familiar with our I-495 Beltway, picture Washington, D.C. as a diamond in the middle of a big somewhat irregular circle. To the right of the diamond is Maryland; to the left is Virginia. To send someone who is not from here towards the Beltway when they are trying to get downtown is just plain cruel. Washington, D.C. is one of the craziest cities you’ll ever drive in. It has parallel and perpendicular streets but with diagonal ones coming at you from strange angles. And to add to the fun many of them are one way. One guy told me that the police had sent several groups of bikers to various locations that ended nowhere. The bitterness in this man’s story was telling. I could feel the frustration of a patriot who came from very far away and came to support the cause but was sent on a wild goose chase. And to top it off the heat index yesterday was 98 degrees.
My friends brought their camcorders to video the ride and the march and to record interviews with different people that attended. We had plans to interview and record Muslims who were marching and ask them what their grievances were but we never got the chance. We searched for the millions of Muslims but in the end, I never saw any. One of my friends who came from Florida said he had seen a total of five Muslims (count them, FIVE!) down near the Washington Monument around noon. He did get this on video. One of them was MD Rabbi Allam, the organizer of the Million Muslim March, later changed to the Million American March Against Fear because the first title sounded so ominous. He was with Cornel West, who later joined a couple dozen hippy, dippy 9/11 Truthers. In fact at one point I heard that the total count for the Muslims was around twenty five but in observing…